Sheet Pan Chipotle Chicken Fajitas, Spicy Yogurt Marinade

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Sheet Pan Chipotle Chicken Fajitas, an easy weeknight family meal.
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I am loving sheet pan meals. Once the weather turns hot in Baja, I will abandon the oven meals, but they’re perfect for autumn days in Nevada. These sheet pan chipotle chicken fajitas were so easy and delicious. You can grill this recipe in a grill pan outside, just as easily, when it is too hot to bake.

I was visiting my son, who doesn’t have an outdoor grill in his fancy high-rise apartment so I baked these fajitas in the oven and they were delicious and easy.

Marinate the chicken in yogurt, chipotle and cilantro for at least 2 hours up to 8 hours, then toss the chicken, peppers and onions onto a sheet pan and bake. It couldn’t be any easier and the clean up was a breeze on a parchment lined pan. As you know, I’m avoiding cooking on aluminum foil and I’ve been quite happy with parchment paper as a healthy substitute.

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One pan and easy clean up

The yogurt marinade makes the chicken slightly spicy hot and really moist. Add or subtract the chipotle to adjust the heat. One chipotle and 1 tablespoon of adobe sauce gave this a mild but noticeable kick of heat. Use this marinade for simple grilled chicken for salads, tostadas, or tacos.

Heat your tortillas in the oven for the last 10 minutes. Wrap in parchment or place them in a cake pan.

Special dietary concerns?

Paleo or Keto diets?
Skip the yogurt marinade or use an appropriate paleo substitute. Try coconut or almond yogurt.  For Keto diets, use a lettuce wrap or a low carb tortilla like cauliflower or almond flour tortillas. I haven’t tried these recipes but they look easy and healthy.

Vegan or vegetarian diet?
Substitute thick slices of portobello mushrooms or tofu marinated in coconut or almond yogurt. Cashew cream with lime would be great in place of sour cream.

Weight loss diets?
These are perfect with low-fat chicken and healthy vegetables. Go easy on the guacamole, a little goes a long way, and skip the sour cream. Small whole grain tortillas or lettuce wraps will save a few calories. Make the veggies the star of this meal.

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I tossed the bell peppers with cumin, oregano, smoked paprika, olive oil and more cilantro before baking them. You can substitute a prepared fajita or taco seasoning but I’m not a fan of the scary extra ingredients or the cost of store bought seasoning packets. If you buy the individual spices you can use them in multiple Mexican or Mediterranean dishes or make your own spice combinations and store in air tight jars for quick additions to meats and vegetables.

I want to try these with poblano peppers for a little more heat. I prefer red bell peppers over green but use whatever is freshest. Any type of onion will be fine.

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Serve with homemade guacamole. An easy recipe.

Mash and avocado with 1 minced garlic clove, 1/4 cup chopped cilantro, 1/4 to 1/2 of a minced Serrano chili, juice from 1/2 of a lime and salt to taste. Simply guacamole! No need to buy that weird pre-made grocery store stuff. Yuck.

Make your own salsas

 

I used fresh pico de gallo, which I make every week, but try a fruit salsa, like pineapple or watermelon, with these versatile sheet pan chipotle chicken fajitas.

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Sheet Pan Chipotle Chicken Fajitas

A delicious sheet pan Mexican dinner with chipotle marinated chicken and charred bell peppers and onions. Serve in warm tortillas with guacamole and sour cream. Inexpensive, nutritious and fast family meal. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 People

Ingredients

  • 16 Ounces Skinlesss chicken breast or thighs
  • 1/2 Cup Plain Greek yogurt Regular plain yogurt is fine
  • 1 Chipotle pepper chopped More to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon Canned Adobe sauce
  • 1 Cup Fresh cilantro, divided
  • 4 Cups Bell peppers, any color 2 large peppers
  • 2 Cups Onion, sliced
  • 1 Tablespoon Smoked paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon Ground cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon Dried oregano
  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic powder Or 1-2 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive oil
  • 8 Flour or corn tortillas
  • 1 Cup Guacamole
  • 1 Cup Sour cream or la crema
  • 1 Cup Salsa Fresh pico de gallo is best

Instructions

  1. Cut chicken into 1 inch wide strips. Mix yogurt with 1/2 cup of cilantro, chopped chipotle and adobe sauce. Marinate chicken 2-6 hours. 

    Slice bell peppers and onions into 1/2 inch strips and combine with spices and olive oil. 

    Arrange chicken strips and vegetables on a sheet pan. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 30 minutes until chicken is opaque and vegetables are slightly charred. 

    Serve with warm tortillas, guacamole, sour cream and salsa. 

Recipe Notes

You can substitute a fajita spice mix or taco seasoning for the spices and salt but the individual spices allow you to adjust the salt, avoid unneccesary preservatives and anti-caking ingredients. Any salsa can be used. Serve with lime wedges if you desire. Poblano peppers would be a delicious substitution for the bell peppers. 



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How to Make Fresh Killer Salsas, Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Baja Salsas

Anyone can make fresh killer salsas with a few mix and match ingredients from the market. Pick one or two ingredients from each category, chop, dice, mix and adjust seasonings. You’ll have a fresh salsa on the table in 15 minutes. Serve with anything or everything.

Use the freshest local produce and experiment with the peppers, they range from mild to killer hot. Even the soiciness of onions vary by location. The red onions we buy in Loreto are as hot as jalapeños some weeks. Tomatoes vary in juiciness and flavor. Try any tropical fruit, they seem to pair well with peppers of all kinds. I prefer the citrus punch of cilantro but basil and parsley work as well. I’m taking my salsa to Angie’s Fiesta Friday virtual potluck where you can find amazing recipes from around the world.

 

Start with peppers and onions

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Mild to Hot – Bell peppers<Jalapeño<Serrano<Habanero

Onions – heat varies by region, try them all.   I prefer spicy red Loreto onions but try any variety: maui sweet, yellow, write, scallions. Sometimes I add garlic, to savory salsas.

Pick a fruit

 

 

Tomato is a classic but try mango, pineapple, watermelon, peaches, strawberries.

 

Add more vegetables

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Cucumber, tomatillo, zucchini, pickled carrots, jicama, avocado, corn, or black beans

Herbs are critical

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Cilantro is a classic but try Thai basil, parsley, lovage, ginger or lemon verbena

 

Give it a squeeze of juice

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Lime is a classic but surprise your palate with orange or lemon

Mix and Match to Make Hundreds of Killer Salsas

Dice and chop any combination of fresh ingredients and then mix and match to make hundreds of fruit and vegetable salsas. Serve with tacos, salads, side dishes, burrito bowls, over tamales or with tortilla chips of course.

The possibilities are only limited by your imagination.

Now chop, chop and get a fresh killer salsa on the table tonight. Which combinations did I miss? Please share your favorite salsas or follow my Pinterest board at MyBajaKitchen. Just follow my board and I’ll add you as a collaborator. Let’s make salsa together. I’ll bring the margaritas.

 

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Slow Cooker Three Pepper Pulled Pork, Three Meals

Pulled Pork Korean Lettuce Wraps

Easy slow cooker pulled pork with three peppers is so versatile. Make a large batch ahead of time and freeze it for quick meals.  The slow cooker does all the work while you get out of the hot kitchen and play at the beach. I combined Anaheim, jalapeño and sweet bell peppers in this pulled pork; it’s not too hot but just spicy enough to hold up to the all day simmer.

Crockpot Three Pepper Pulled Pork

 

Searing meat before you place it in the slow cooker gives the meat more flavor but you can skip that step if you’re in a hurry. I’ve been known to throw everything in the crockpot without pre-cooking any of the ingredients. Believe me it will be fine. Too hot to stand over the stove? Sear the meat over high heat on your outdoor grill, adding a nice smokey flavor.

 

 

 

 

 

3 Ways to use slow cooker pulled pork

  1. Pulled pork Mexican torta, sandwich – combine meat with traditional or spicy barbecue sauce, serve with pickled jalapeños and shredded cabbage on a bolillo;  a small oval roll of plain white bread, crusty on the outside and with a soft interior found in every Mexican bakery. Here’s a recipe to try.
  2. Pork carnitas tacos, tostadas, tamales, empanadas, chili rellenos; basically any Mexican meal that needs a tasty meat stuffing.  These tostadas were simple to throw together for a quick weeknight meal. Lightly fry corn tortillas in olive oil. Top with pulled pork, finely chopped onion and cilantro, finely chopped cabbage, cotija cheese and salsa verde.
  3. Korean lettuce wraps; pulled pepper pork, wrapped in lettuce and served with kim chi or Korean quick pickles. Recipe.  

[lt_recipe name=”Slow Cooker Three Pepper Pulled Pork” prep_time=”30 MINUTES ” cook_time=”6-8 HOURS ” difficulty=”Easy” summary=”Three pepper pulled pork is simmered all day in a slow cooker and is ready for tacos, lettuce wraps and pulled pork sandwiches. Simple and versatile. Freezes well. ” print=”yes” image=”http://mybajakitchen.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/image-1-300×238.jpg” ingredients=”Pork shoulder, 3-4 pounds ;1/2 teaspoon sea salt;1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper;Salsa verde, homemade or jarred 2 cups;Red wine vinegar, 1/2 cup;Anaheim pepper, 2 ;Jalapeño pepper, 2;Bell pepper, any color, 1 cup chopped ;Onion, 1 large white or yellow, chopped ;;” ]Salt and pepper pork. Sear both sides of the pork in a hot skillet or over a high flame in the outdoor grill about 10 minutes. Should have a uniform charred surface. ;Place meat and all remaining ingredients in a slow cooker. Add water if needed to cover 3/4 of the meat. Cook on high 6-8 hours until meat falls off the bone. This could be simmered all day in a dutch oven or made in an instapot or pressure cooker. Adjust times accordingly. [/lt_recipe]

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Healthy Mexican Grilled Spicy Shrimp Sweet Pepper Pasta

Healthy grilled shrimp and sweet pepper confetti over pasta.

Easy grilled shrimp with sweet peppers over pasta that you can throw together for a quick week night Mexican meal or a Baja fiesta with friends. Shrimp is readily available and affordable in Baja, about half the price that I pay in the U.S., so you don’t have to save them for special occasions. They are a low fat versatile protein source for any healthy Mexican meal. The sweet bell peppers are a colorful source of antioxidants, vitamin A and C, and fiber. A grill basket works well but you could easily make these into kabobs. If you follow a low carb or Paleo diet serve the shrimp over salad greens or zuddles. I rarely eat pasta but a small portion of spaghetti was a welcome addition to this meal.

A crisp Mexican vino blanco from Valle de Guadelupe, a Mexican lager or a tart margarita would pair well. Add a salad and fruit for a nutritious meal that’s sure to please any crowd.

I’m taking my new blog and my original recipe to Fiesta Friday’s blog party and #FishFridayFoodie. Grab a cold pop and join us.

[lt_recipe name=”Healthy Mexican Grilled Spicy Shrimp Sweet Pepper Pasta ” servings=”4″ prep_time=”30 MINUTES” cook_time=”15 MINUTES ” total_time=”45 MINUTES” difficulty=”Easy” summary=”Grilled shrimp, sweet peppers tossed over pasta for an easy week night or guest ready meal. ” print=”yes” image=”http://mybajakitchen.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/image-23-300×259.jpeg” ingredients=”16 ounces raw shrimp;2 cups diced red, yellow and or orange bell peppers ;1 cup diced red onion;8 ounces spaghetti or angel hair pasta;1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro;2 limes divided ;2 cloves minced garlic ;4 tablespoons olive oil divided;1 tablespoon butter, optional;1 teaspoon ground cumin;1 teaspoon ground coriander ;1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, optional;1/2 teaspoon sea salt;” ]Prepare shrimp by deveining and removing the shells if you desire. I prefer to leave the shells on if your guests don’t mind peeling them after serving. You can also ask your fish monger to peel and devein your shrimp. ;Toss shrimp with garlic, spices, squeeze of one lime and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Set aside. Don’t left the shrimp marinade longer than 20 minutes because the lime will “cook” the shrimp. Boil water for pasta and cook al dente. ;Chop peppers and onion. Combine with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and a dash of salt. Grill vegetables in a grilling basket over direct medium heat until soft, about 7 minutes. Add shrimp and marinade to the vegetables and continue to grill until shrimp are uniformly pink, about 5 minutes. Drain pasta and stir in 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil or butter. Mix chopped cilantro into shrimp and vegetables and serve over pasta. Garnish with lime wedges. [/lt_recipe]

 

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